- Published: Tuesday, 27 March 2012
- Written by Graham Mitchell
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Jon's recent venture with an oscilloscope sparked my curiosity to have another look at the entry level market, and I only just released that there's a relatively new player on the block. OK, so I am a few months behind; perhaps I should not have used the sole Australian Owon distributor for guidance (their products page has not been updated for some time).
The entire Owon SmartDS Series of oscilloscopes (SDS8202 SDS8102 SDS7102 SDS6062) are very competitively priced. The SDS7102 looks to me like the best bang-for-buck (sub AUD$500 100Mhz, 1GS/s, 10M record length). I'm surprised there are a handful (if that) reviews; perhaps Rigol snapped up the market earlier with their DS1000E series?
Here is an overview of features for modules in the SDS series (sourced from the Owon website):
Marmad22 has done a good review on youtube - overall he gives the scope a good wrap; although he does highlight some potential quality issues (switches/feet) and suggests a few usability improvements within the software. It's not depicted in the video, although a couple of months later Marmad22 decides to returns the scope and save for a low-end Agilent or something mid range (~$2K). No doubt driven by professional necessity, no doubt exceeding the everyday hobbyists needs.
Given the price, I'd expect some rough edges, but with a 3 year warranty, for me it's a gauntlet worth running. What do you think?